NC State Energy Management’s mission is to cost-effectively manage energy resources purchased and consumed by the university.
This unit tracks energy and water consumption, always seeking more efficient ways to use the minimum possible energy while maintaining comfort level for building occupants and enabling the university to achieve its mission.
Guided by a Strategic Energy Management Plan, Energy Management deploys energy efficiency and renewable energy technology that reduce energy and water consumption. Other Energy Management goals include:
- Achieve a 30% reduction in building energy consumption by 2015 against the 2003 baseline.
- Achieve a 50% reduction in building water consumption by 2015 against the 2002 baseline.
- Improve energy data management capabilities and make data driven decisions utilizing enhanced energy data.
- Train and educate staff and building end-users to properly operate and maintain building systems in an energy-efficient manner.
- Ensure a cost-effective and reliable energy supply by developing business scenarios and strategies for diversifying fuel sources.
- Evaluate utility financial structures that create incentives for saving energy.
- Implement green standards and practices for information technology and computing.
Progress toward these goals are tracked by key performance indicators, including utility cost, usage and demand, and reported in the Strategic Energy and Water Annual Report. Additionally, Energy Management works with the University Sustainability Office to promote energy conservation and awareness through Change Your State, a behavior change campaign designed to engage students, faculty and staff in sustainability and conservation efforts.
ALAN DAEKE, DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES AND ENGINEERING SERVICES
Alan is the director of Utilities and Engineering Services of which the Energy Management department is part.
PAUL MCCONOCHA, ENERGY PROGRAM MANAGER
Paul became Energy Program Manager in 2009 after previously serving as Vice President, Engineering & Environmental Services at Macy’s Corporate Services, Inc.; Director, Engineering & Environmental Affairs at Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.; and Environmental Analyst at ORSANCO. Paul is a graduate of Miami University, earning B.S. degrees in biology and botany as well as a Masters of Environmental Policy and Administration. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Procurement Professional, Registered Environmental Manager, a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Master Black Belt.
CLAUDIA POWELL, ENERGY PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Claudia joined Energy Management in 2011 as an energy analyst. In January 2012, she became Energy Program Coordinator. Previously, Claudia served as an Environmental Project Coordinator for the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Claudia is a graduate of NC State with a B.S. in business management and a minor in environmental toxicology.
SHANNA HARWELL, M&V PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
Shanna joined Energy Management in January 2013 following previous work as an engineer at NC State’s Utilities and Engineering Department, the State of North Carolina’s Energy Office and the Department of Defense. A certified Professional Energy Manager (PEM) and Engineer in Training (EIT), Shanna received bachelor’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from NC State. As the Measurement and Verification Program Administrator, Shanna works most specifically with energy performance contracts, ensuring guaranteed energy savings are met.
JAMES FENSKE, ENERGY MANAGEMENT SHOP SUPERVISOR
Since 2009 James has served as an electronics specialist, evaluating new technologies and optimizing current infrastructure to increase energy savings and efficiency. Previously, was a mechanic at NC State’s Lake Wheeler Road Field Labs and as the northeast regional electronics technician at the North Carolina Department of Corrections. James attended Teterboro School of Aeronautics in New Jersey and graduated with honors from the Laser and Photonics Technology program at Central Carolina Community College.
ABDUL BELCOURIA, ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN
Abdul has been with Energy Management since 2005. A native of Morocco, Abdul holds an associates degree in electrical engineering from the Advanced School of Technology in Casablanca and an associates degree in telecommunications networking engineering from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. As an electronics technician, Abdul helps keep the central plants up and running and implement new strategic ways for saving energy at NC State. Abdul likes to spend his free time with friends, family and playing tennis.
EDWARD SEKMISTRZ, ENERGY ENGINEER
Since 2003 worked in Energy Management after previously working in Buildings Maintenance and Operations. A graduate of Kettering University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Ed is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina and has been an ASHRAE member since 1984 serving various offices in the Central Michigan Chapter, including president. Prior to NC State, Ed worked in Michigan at W.A. Kibbee, ANCO Engineers and General Motors dealing with design and installation of HVAC systems, energy studies and energy assessments. Ed is married with 5 children.
REBECCA DIEDERICH, ENERGY PROGRAM COORDINATOR
An Illinois native, Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC State. As Energy Program Coordinator, she works with campus building meters, analyzes energy data to ensure optimal energy performance of buildings, and implements energy saving opportunities.
LIB MCGOWAN, ENERGY DATA ANALYST
Lib joined Energy Management in 2014 after previously serving as utility analyst for the Wake County Public School System and as an energy auditor/analyst for Sud Associates in Durham. She is recognized as a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Manager, Certified Energy Auditor and Certified Sustainable Development Professional by the Association of Energy Engineers. She earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from NC State and, while in graduate school, was one of the initial staff members of the NC Solar Center (now the NC Clean Energy Technology Center). She is a past chair of the Capital Group Sierra Club and a former board member and treasurer of the NC Solar Energy Association (now the NC Sustainable Energy Association.) She is the proud parent of a 2015 NC State graduate as well as a member of the class of 2018.
MATT DUFFY, ENERGY DATA SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
A native of Raleigh, Matt Duffy is a graduate of NC State, where he majored in Business Administration (concentrating in Information Technology) with a minor in Computer Science. He has experience with energy and environmental organizations through his work as a systems integration analyst with Accenture and technical analyst for CGI Federal.